Pets get the royal treatment at this pet hotel in South Korea. Would you take your pet to a pet hotel?
A pet hotel and clinic called Irion, which means 'come here' in Korea, is a two-story establishment located in the Gangnam district. It attracts numerous pet lovers because of its high-class facilities and impressive veterinary services.
Opened in February 2011, Irion offers a veterinary clinic, grooming salon, an exercise area, cafe, shop, daycare centre and 'hotel' rooms for dogs and cats.
There are 36 rooms of different sizes and high-end clinical equipment including computer tomography, X-ray and ultrasound machines. There is even a shop that sells everything from snacks to pet strollers.
A night at the hotel costs from 40,000 won to 200,000 won, which is about $44.40 to $222.
Despite the price, the owner of the hotel, So Yeon Park, said that about 2,000 dogs and cats visit once a month for their services. Rooms are also fully booked every summer season.
While others would think that splurging on pets is ridiculous, the people who visit Irion feel that pets should be pampered too, and treated as precious family members.
A student named Cho says that he is willing to fork out a high sum as long as his pooch is pampered every once or twice a week.
With South Korea's growing pet industry, Irion has plans to open more branches in addition to its four existing veterinary clinics.
This article is contributed by the STOMP Team.